licorice

noun
lic·​o·​rice | \ ˈli-k(ə-)rish How to pronounce licorice (audio) , -k(ə-)rəs How to pronounce licorice (audio) \

Definition of licorice

1a : the dried root of a European leguminous plant (Glycyrrhiza glabra) with pinnate leaves and spikes of blue flowers also : an extract of this used especially in medicine, liquors, and confectionery
b : a candy flavored with licorice or a substitute (such as anise)
2 : a plant yielding licorice also : a related plant

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Put herbs and roots (rosemary, thyme, licorice) on the mesh to flavor fish and vegetables. David Bouley, Town & Country, "Top 5 Kitchen Essentials: From the Steals to the Stratospheric," 23 Feb. 2016 There, try locally made licorice, sea-buckthorn juice, and, of course, smoked herring—traditionally served with egg yolk and rye bread, also called Sol over Gudhjem, the dish that gave the fest its name. Mark Ellwood, Condé Nast Traveler, "The Best Places to Travel in June," 9 May 2018 For the door, draw on frame and crosshatches with royal icing; once dry, decorate with a red string licorice bow. Taylor Murray, Country Living, "Gingerbread Barn," 19 Nov. 2018 The Soothing Tea Cleansing Gel is also spiked with brightening ingredients like sake and licorice extract, as well as tea tree extract and green tea, which help clear skin. Devon Abelman, Allure, "Then I Met You, a New Skin-Care Brand, Debuts With Double Cleansing Duo," 17 Oct. 2018 To many Arlington residents, this five-and-dime store has felt like home for 64 years, a shop filled with nostalgia in the form of licorice pipes, candy cigarettes, rubber chickens, washboards, velcro, and more. Elise Takahama, BostonGlobe.com, "Arlington’s five-and-dime shop to close after 64 years; patrons bid bittersweet goodbye," 22 June 2018 The first formulation, High Rhode, with notes of licorice and grapefruit, found its way into a Listen Bar drink called What’s Ur Rising Sign. Julia Bainbridge, WSJ, "What Do You Call a Bar Without Booze?," 23 Jan. 2019 Create tree with dark and light green nonpareils and outline quilt with red string licorice and edible red confetti. Decorate sides: Attach mini pretzel sticks with royal icing and pipe royal icing to create crosshatches. Taylor Murray, Country Living, "Gingerbread Barn," 19 Nov. 2018 Place 2 licorice pieces on sides of head for neck knobs. Woman's Day Test Kitchen, Woman's Day, "Frankenstein and His Bride Cupcakes," 2 Oct. 2018

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First Known Use of licorice

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for licorice

Middle English licorice, from Anglo-French licoris, from Late Latin liquiritia, alteration of Latin glycyrrhiza, from Greek glykyrrhiza, from glykys sweet + rhiza root — more at dulcet, root

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licorice

noun

English Language Learners Definition of licorice

: a candy made from the dried root of a European plant

licorice

noun
lic·​o·​rice | \ ˈli-kə-rish How to pronounce licorice (audio) , -rəs\

Kids Definition of licorice

1 : the dried root of a European plant or a juice from it used in medicine and in candy
2 : candy flavored with licorice

licorice

noun
lic·​o·​rice
variants: or chiefly British liquorice \ ˈlik(-​ə)-​rish How to pronounce liquorice (audio) , -​rəs How to pronounce liquorice (audio) \

Medical Definition of licorice

1 : a European leguminous plant of the genus Glycyrrhiza (G. glabra) with pinnate leaves and spikes of blue flowers
b : an extract of glycyrrhiza commonly prepared in the form of a gummy or rubbery paste

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